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Penn State Football
Post-Game Notes- at Temple
September 5, 2015

 

TEAM

-Penn State is now 39-4-1 all-time vs. Temple, with a 12-4 mark in games played at Temple.

-Penn State’s record in season openers is now 106-21-2.

-Penn State opened the season away from Beaver Stadium for the third consecutive season, marking the first time since 1971-73. The Nittany Lions open the 2016 season at home.

-The Nittany Lions had seven first time starters at Temple; three on offense, three on defense and one on special teams.

-First time offensive starters: OT Paris Palmer, WR Brandon Polk, TE Brent Wilkerson.

-First time defensive starters: DE Carl Nassib, CB John Reid, DE Garrett Sickels.

-First time special teams starters: PK Joey Julius.

-Ten redshirt freshmen made their debuts at Temple: RB Mark Allen, DE Torrence Brown, LB Koa Farmer, PK Joey Julius, CB Amani Oruwariye, LB Troy Reeder, RB Nick Scott, WR DeAndre Thompkins, DT Antoine White, OT Chasz Wright.

-Five true freshmen made their debuts: RB Saquon Barkley, LB Manny Bowen, LB Jake Cooper, WR Brandon Polk, CB John Reid.

INDIVIDUAL

Offense

-Penn State offensive starters: Sr. – 1, Jr. – 5, So. – 4, Fr. - 1

-True freshman WR Brandon Polk started and on Penn State’s first play from scrimmage ran 33 yards.

-Sophomore wide receiver Chris Godwin caught five passes for 81 yards and now has at least one catch in 13 of 14 career games.

-Godwin’s five catches give him two career games with five-or-more grabs, joining his seven-catch night vs. Boston College in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.

 

Defense

-Penn State defensive starters: Sr. – 4, Jr. – 3, So. – 3, Fr. - 1

-Senior defensive end Carl Nassib made a career-high 10 tackles at Temple. His previous high was 4 stops on October 5, 2013 at Indiana.

-Nassib recorded his second career solo sack, good for a 12 yard loss, in the second quarter.

-Nassib’s 2.5 tackles for loss are also a career-best.

-Senior cornerback Trevor Williams tied his career-high with six tackles, matching his six stops vs. UCF on September 14, 2013.

-Williams’ 2.0 TFL surpassed his career total entering the game (1.5 TFL).

- Junior linebacker Brandon Bell forced his second career fumble in the second quarter. His first forced fumble came vs. Nebraska on November 11, 2013.

-Bell’s 2.5 tackles for loss are a career-high, surpassing his 2.0 TFLs at Indiana on Nov. 8, 2014.

-Redshirt freshman defensive end Torrence Brown recovered his first career fumble in the second quarter.

-Junior defensive end Garrett Sickels made a career-best four tackles, surpassing his three-stop effort vs. Maryland on Nov. 1, 2014.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

-Redshirt freshman PK Joey Julius connected on his first career field goal attempt, good from 34 yards to give Penn State a 3-0 lead on its first possession of the game.

-Redshirt freshman Koa Farmer returned his first career kickoff 35 yards in the second quarter.

-Redshirt freshman Mark Allen’s four punt returns are the most by a single Penn State player since Justin Brown returned five punts on Oct. 29, 2011 vs. Illinois.

-The nine returns vs. Temple (5 KO, 4 P) were the most in a single game since returning nine vs. Houston on January 2, 2012 in the TicketCity Bowl.

 

NEXT GAME

- Penn State will open its home schedule on Saturday, Sept. 12 against Buffalo at Beaver Stadium. The game will kick at 12 p.m. and air on ESPN2/ESPNU, the Penn State Sports Network (10:30 a.m. airtime) and GoPSUsports.com.


 

 

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